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March 25, 2015

5 Unique Adventure and Sports Summer Camps for Kids

Do you have a unique child interested in exploring the world? Does your son or daughter want to learn something more than what school, video games, TV, and even parents can teach? Then you should consider sending your kid to sports summer camp. There are more options than just football, baseball, basketball, archery, and swimming. There are a wide... Read More

March 18, 2015

Campers Unplugged: Trading in Cell Phones for Unlimited Minutes of Real Time Social Skills

Help Kids go Cell Phone-FREE Have you ever gone anywhere without your cell phone? It can be a very freeing experience. The trouble is that we have come to depend on our phones as lifelines. If you’re an adult, you can probably remember what it was like before cell phones populated the world. If you’re a child, chances are... Read More

March 11, 2015

Core Principles of Top Gymnastics Camps

There are several types of camps for your budding or experienced gymnast. There are elite, commercial, and collegiate programs. Depending upon your children’s interests and skill level, there are many options to help you find the right gymnastics camp. Before you and your kids make a decision, be sure the camp you choose has the core principles that all... Read More

March 4, 2015

Core Principles of High-Quality Mountain Biking Summer Camps for Kids

Mountain bikers are a close-knit community of professional and recreational cyclists. Kids interested in mountain biking are not only physically fit, they also learn to connect with and enjoy nature and other people. It’s important to send your child to a camp that you review and evaluate to be sure the it meets the highest standards. Here are a... Read More

February 26, 2015

3 Reasons to Send Your Child to Water Sports Summer Camp

Water sports is guaranteed fun for boys and girls. Whether it is a lake, river or the ocean, spending the summer near a body of water is a special and memorable time.  summer camp can consist of any number of activities to choose from. Kids interested in more traditional sports such as swimming and diving, as well as those... Read More

February 20, 2015

How Parents Can Use Summer Camp Programs to Foster Independence

Parents want to believe that when their children step into the real world, they can go forth safely with their health, personal integrity, and confidence intact. Spending summer at camp is a great bridge into that world, fortifying a child’s character and giving them the freedom to explore and experiment in a safe environment. Tips for Parents Letting a... Read More

February 15, 2015

Why Technology and Computer Summer Camps Are Increasingly Valuable to the Next Generation

You can see the metamorphosis in your own home. Whereas you grew up with maps, record players, and telescopes, your kids punch a destination into their GPS, download music from the internet and point an app at the stars. Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe was passed to you in an old hand-written index card; they Pin it to some cyber... Read More

February 9, 2015

Now Is the Time to Start Thinking About Summer Camp

The 2015 Summer Camp Season Has Officially Started As kids return to their regular school schedule after time off for the holiday, parents are already thinking ahead about the spring and summer and helping children make plans for summer camp. It may seem like it is too early to think about the summer, but any parent who has sent... Read More

February 4, 2015

Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America

There are more than 8,000 residential summer camps in the United States and Canada. Picking the best one from so many may seem like a huge task. Follow the “top-ten” list below and you will find the best camp for your child. It may not be the same camp I’d choose for my son or that your neighbor would... Read More

August 29, 2014

The Debate over Summer Preparations: Sunny Side and Structured at Camp or Free Range

Summer pecking away at your sanity? Camp is not just for the kids Many parents want to offer kids an unstructured summer and more family time in lieu of a structured summer camp. One such parent is New York Times mom-blogger KJ Dell’Antonia, who published a debate with fellow columnist and summer camp advocate Bruce Feiler. Yet inevitably, sometime... Read More